Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer to be diagnosed in men every single year. The majority of men out there will either be diagnosed and treated during their lifetime or they will be "at-risk" of potentially developing the most common types of cancer from the moment they reach their teens.
Get your PSA test regardless of your risk factors, your symptoms or your potential family history of the condition. It's the right thing to do, and it will only take a few minutes out of your life for something that could save it.
Why A PSA Test For Prostate Cancer Is Important?
Individual risks or developing the condition will vary from one person to the next: Things like family history, lifestyle choices and diet can raise or lower your individual chances of developing cancer - but the truth is that everyone is at risk even though the amount of risk varies between people.
All men from their teens to older should realize their potential risk for developing prostate cancer: It sounds serious, but that's only because all men should take it more seriously. Realizing your risk early on gives you a chance to reduce your level of risk factors and do the most responsible thing you can from there: Get tested for prostate cancer and speak to your doctor about getting a PSA test.
Men should get tested for prostate cancer on a regular basis, regardless of whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. There are many early-onset cancers that don't show typical symptoms (or don't show symptoms at all).
Everyone is at Risk
It's recommended that all men speak to their doctors about the potential of a PSA test. This is because everyone is at a potential risk of developing the condition, even though the amount of individual risk goes up or down depending on things like lifestyle factors, environmental factors, and family history. One in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Regular testing can help to establish what your individual level of a risk factor is, and it might be an early indicator of developing cancer that saves your life through early diagnosis.
One of the most common myths when it comes to prostate cancer is the idea that it will only affect older men or ones that have reached past their fifties. If there is a family history of prostate cancer than first degree males should be screened at age 40. All other men should be screened with a PSA and digital rectal exam by age 50.
Early diagnosis (and early testing) is what catches a diagnosis early enough to force cancer into remission with quick treatment. (On the other hand, a delayed diagnosis might give cancer a chance to spread to other parts of the body.
Regardless of Symptoms, You Should Test
It's a good idea to speak to your doctor about a PSA text on your next appointment. Do this regardless of whether you experience any of the most typical symptoms of prostate cancer.
Getting tested regardless of symptoms might seem silly to some people at first. Why would you get something checked out if there are no symptoms that it's there?
Speak to your doctor about your PSA test at least a few times per year. Again, early diagnosis of prostate cancer is what has helped to turn it into a less life-threatening condition. Though late diagnosis only puts you and your health at more, unnecessary risk.
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